The Essence of Healing Touch
by Nicole Kasemir, RN, HN, HTCP/I
Can you identify what the following situations have in common?
A mother cuddling her crying toddler who just fell and scrapped his knee;
A daughter holding the hand of her dying father on his hospice bed;
A nurse taking extra time and touch to calm an anxious patient.
All these circumstances portray the intervention of a heart-centered individual, showing compassion, unconditional love and the intent to give comfort, support and healing. One can feel the warmth of these interactions and the calming effect of the human touch. A soothing sense of peace and reduction of anxiety support healing, not only at the physical level, but also at the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. In Healing Touch (HT) Therapy, using light touch or working in the energy field, the practitioner accomplishes all of this and more.
Healing Touch is holistic in nature; it attends to the total human being, in illness and in health. It can be used on its own, but is a great complement to western medicine, as well as other therapies and complementary modalities.
Healing Touch addresses dimensions beyond the ordinary reality – intuition, subtle energies and the spiritual. HT affects the bio-field, also called the human electro-magnetic field within and around a living body. In assessing the field and the energy centers of a person, the practitioner can determine areas that are compromised or blocked. It is fascinating to observe the correlation between the blockages sensed by the practitioner and the issues the client is dealing with. With an open heart, the practitioner uses HT techniques to clear, energize and harmonize the whole person. Research supports that these simple interventions result in relaxation, reduction of anxiety and stress, acceleration of wound healing and a sense of wellbeing, just to name a few.
After the therapy, as in the nursing science process, the practitioner reassesses to determine any changes. A short time is allowed to let the energy assimilate and permit the client to wake up completely. Then follows a verbal evaluation of the session and feedback from the client.Using the information gathered during the client’s intake, the data from the energetic assessment, her knowledge of the HT methods and a teaspoon of intuition, the practitioner develops a treatment plan and focuses the session on the mutual goals set with the client, who is a partner in this healing relationship.
The last step of the Healing Touch Sequence is the “Plan”. The client decides on self-care activities to do between his doctor’s visits or before his next HT session. The practitioner, who is not diagnosing, nor prescribing, nor advising the client on medical issues, might teach simple HT techniques that he can do on himself; discuss life style changes that may be beneficial; suggest some appropriate readings or supporting activities like meditation, journaling, walking in nature or having a hobby. Some issues may have surfaced during the session that are beyond the practitioner’s Scope of Practice. In this case, she will refer her client to his health care provider, mental health or other therapists who can secure continuation of care.
In a nutshell, these are some of the essential elements of Healing Touch as a way of life, as a therapy and as an educational program developed for nurses in the late 1980s, by Janet Mentgen, a Denver nurse. HTP is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA (ANCC) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and endorsed by the American and Canadian Holistic Nurses Associations and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). This is to say, very humbly, that Healing Touch Program certified practitioners are the first to have met these accreditations high standards, as health care professionals.
The Integrative Care Department team at the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) also provides other well recognized complementary modalities including different kinds of therapeutic massage, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and a variety of classes to assist you in your self-care.
The next Healing Touch Level 1 workshop of the HTP Certification Program at CIM, is June 6 & 7, 2015; provides 16 CE.
Call CIM at 303.673.1615, to register for the class or for your customized HT session.
Nicole Kasemir, RN, HN, HTCP/I
Integrative Care Nurse at CIM